SAN DIEGO — The Dodgers go to Seattle for two games now. Consider it a palate-cleansing sorbet.
The first course was satisfying indeed, three tasty games at Petco Park culminating with a come-from behind 5-2 victory for the San Diego Padres Sunday afternoon. The home crowd’s chants of “Beat LA!” finally went from hopeful to actual as the Padres snapped the Dodgers’ eight-game winning streak and stopped them from sweeping the first series between the two teams this season.
The Dodgers and Padres will reconvene for a four-game series at Dodger Stadium beginning Thursday night, having nurtured the freshly-minted rivalry with three days of drama at Petco Park.
After Friday’s 12-inning marathon and Saturday’s close call decided by the height of a blade of grass, Sunday had a tough act to follow.
It set up as another pitcher’s duel with Trevor Bauer and Blake Snell going.
The Dodgers got to Snell earlier this time than his last start against them — Game 6 of the World Series when Snell held them to one hit and nine strikeouts over five scoreless innings only to be pulled by Rays manager Kevin Cash the third time through the lineup.
This time, Chris Taylor crushed a first-pitch fastball with one on in the second inning, sending it 443 feet into the upper deck in left field for a two-run home run.
That was all they got off Snell — and all they needed for most of the day.
Bauer allowed just three hits in six innings (one a solo home run by Jake Cronenworth) and struck out seven. The last strikeout ended the sixth inning and Bauer exited the mound thumping his chest after blowing a 97-mph fastball past Fernando Tatis Jr.
Before the game, the Dodgers activated Brusdar Graterol from the Injured List and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he wouldn’t hesitate to put Graterol in a high-leverage situation in his season debut.
True to his word, Roberts sent Graterol out to protect a one-run lead in the seventh with Manny Machado leading off. Graterol’s first fastball registered 101 mph but Machado led off with a single and went to second on a passed ball. Eric Hosmer sliced a double off the left-field line and the game was tied.
The Padres untied it with three unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth.
The Dodgers’ undoing started when Jurickson Profar bounced a routine grounder to shortstop Corey Seager. Seager’s nonchalant throw sailed high and pulled first baseman Edwin Rios off the base.
After Scott Alexander got Cronenworth to pop out, Dennis Santana replaced him and walked Fernando Tatis Jr. (who went 1 for 13 in the series, fresh off the IL). After Machado flew out to left field, Eric Hosmer lined a single into center field to score the go-ahead run.
Tatis went to third on the play but was tagged by Justin Turner as he strained to remain on the bag. Called out on the field, a replay review showed Tatis’ toes were still in contact with the base when Turner tagged him.
The inning played on and Tommy Pham drove in two more runs with a double into the left-field corner.
The Dodgers managed just three hits in the game, only one after Taylor’s home run in the second inning as Padres pitchers retired 19 of the final 20 Dodgers.